Getting back on the right track after seven-consecutive losses, the Arizona State soccer team defeated Oregon State, 3-0, in Tempe Friday night for its second-straight win. Jessica Raybe, Larissa Staub and Lucy Lara scored for the Sun Devils (6-7-1, 2-4-1 Pacific-12), while the Beavers dropped to 6-6-3 and 2-5 in the league.
Raybe scored in the 13th minute, pounding in a rebound off OSU goalkeeper Bella Geist. It was the fourth goal of the season for the sophomore and third in the past three games.
“It’s definitely come from the hard work from my team around me,” Raybe said. “I’ve just been focusing on my control and my effort on the field. I play like it’s the last game I’m playing.”
Raybe, the sophomore forward, was named CollegeSoccer360.com National Player of the Week after goals in ASU’s 1-1 tie at UCLA and 2-1 win at Washington. She also drew the foul that set up the winning penalty kick against the Huskies in 2OT.
“When we won that game in Washington, I was like ‘Thank God the curse is over,'” ASU coach Kevin Boyd said, “and to get this one, we got a little bit of luck, but I felt like we were due. She (Raybe) has been outstanding. We’re thrilled with the way she’s playing right now, the coaches were joking that it’s like a whole different player.”
Leading scorer Cali Farquharson had a great chance for her sixth goal in just 10 games in the 22nd minute. Staub recorded her third goal of the season in the 37th minute with a blast to the right of Geist.
“I worked hard to get the ball back that I lost, Adriana (Orozco) passed me the ball, I saw the left side was open, and I shot it in,” Staub said.
The finishing goal came from Lara, her third of her junior year, in the 88th minute. Jazmarie Mader rebounded her own shot and set up Lara to the right of Geist. In net, Chandler Morris broke the school record for career shutouts (24) in the process of making three saves, including a diving one on Nikki Faris in the 70th minute.
“It’s awesome, it was always my dream to play Pac-12 soccer,” Morris said. “I just wanted to play my part. The whole team played great, we’re finally getting our rhythm back.”
The Sun Devils play their home finale at 11 a.m. Sunday versus Oregon when 11 seniors will be honored, while the Beavers are at Arizona at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Wildcats (10-4-1, 4-3) took care of the Ducks (4-11, 1-6) 2-1 Friday.
“It’s kind of sad, but it’s nice,” said ASU senior McKenzie Berryhill of her final home game. “It’s been a lot of fun here, and I couldn’t ask for four better years. We talk about it all the time, but walking out onto the field Sunday, it will hit me the most.”